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Thursday, January 14, 2010


We're 22 days out and rapidly counting.

The show I've been painting for, writing about, sketching on, working towards for the last 8 months is almost upon me. The flyers just arrived. That must mean it's official.
opens February 4th.

If you have a second, lend a thought to my brushes. We're working hard, trying to remain calm, to press on, to finish the work I've begun in utter honesty, sincerity and heart. I am striving to remind myself daily that I will get everything done. AND I'M KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED TOO.

February 5th, I plan on sleeping.
'Cause Lord knows it's not happening now.

(From my official show statement; still in progress)


It's time to examine the small things, the minutia of our worlds, the microscopic connections. The fast firing circuit of information leading from the curve of a single found feather to our ocular-endings to the cosmic knowledge that this was a life worth noting. This leaf you cradle in the soft palm of your hand is a delicate map.
Look closer.
Those lines are a blue print; this is the story of a single seed, the radiating tree rings, photosynthesis, symbiotic companions, parasitic lovers, cyclical growth, the burst of life and the release of death.
Look closer.
Your palm is a mirror; those wispy veins pumping hard tell the story of your visceral experience, the crush of life on your skin, the imprint of nature upon your retinas, the shared knowledge that we once were.
It's what we have in common.


Anonymous said...

Oh <3, love your creations! Hope the next 22 days are smooth and productive, and I'm sure your show will be amazing! :)

Nancy*McKay said...

...dare i say...i have a fave...


UmberDove said...

Elly - thank you, I will carry that hope right with me.

Nancy - you do stoke my fire.

xox ladies

Andewyn Designs said...

That statement.... *wow* I'm in love with your work~


UmberDove said...

Oh Adrienne! Thank you so much!

MrsLittleJeans said...

i have no doubts about you....

Good Girls Studio said...

Your words & art make my heart sing! Best of luck n your upcoming show! & please please please get some sleep before it smacks you in the booty :)

jordan said...

wish i was in seattle on the 4th...i'd love to come see the show!! best of luck, hope you can get a bit of sleep in the next few weeks!!

Kim said...

I know that you will finish this work with "honesty, sincerity and heart" as I believe that is the only way you do things, dear Umber.

Best wishes in the coming days and on February 4! As GGS mentioned, do get some sleep!


mme. bookling said...

i am so happy to see some new things up on the wall behind you. baking, hanging must be nesting...which can only assist the painting.

RosyRevolver said...

Honestly, that is some of the most beautiful writing I've read in a long time. Your words and work are stunning- I have no doubt the show will be an immense success.

Rest when you can.

emmy d said...

Oooo I'm so excited for you! My little spirit will be flying across prairie and mountain and river to that other coast and nesting with you that night!

UmberDove said...

Well Ladies, I took your collective advice and slept a whole 8 hours last night (after slightly cheating with a packet of theraflu...) and I'm ready to hit the ground running today.

BC said...

You are truly amazing. I can't wait to see the culmination of your efforts, inspiration, and soul outpouring gathered on the walls of the gallery. It will make my knees weak.

I'm also glad you slept. ;)

Michaela Dawn:Windy Woman said...

Enjoy yourself above all!

Because your work says it all!

You are Umber Dove!
{Once again, said like and action hero!}


The Noisy Plume: said...

Wishing I was headed Northwest instead of Southwest....